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Dec. 1 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, marte011@umn.ecu, 320-986-5077

Links below for my summaries from Dec 1, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

1. Dec. 1, 2016 Summary - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality

2. History of Selected Lots
Shows Oct to May averages for each of last 6 years, including the 2015/2016 season.

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
The 2016-17 season is the RED line now.
Note for grass hay: I include Large Round Bales in a 5-9% protein range as the most common item at the auction over the years. On Dec. 1 There was one load that sold at $75. There were 5 Load ranging from 8.6 to 17% protein. They ranged from $40 to 75. It was the 8.6 protein load that sold for $75, and the 17% Protein load was one of 2 loads that sold for $40. So I’d guess there were some significant physical condition differences.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auctions continue now through May on 1st and 3rd Thursday. Next Th. Dec. 15.

The Steffes Auction is held in Litchfield on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

There are others.

NE MN Jan. 31 at Floodwood, Central MN Feb. 1 at Royalton VFW, SE MN Feb 2 Rochester

"Weekly Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest" that is put together by Richard Halopka, UW Extension.

USDA Hay Market Reports - Look for “Hay” down the center of the page.

Look for other crop news at this Minnesota Crop News Website

A couple of DATES / EVENTS

Dec 13, Tuesday, 6 p.m. Extension Cattle Feeders Day, Hub Supper Club, Burtrum, $30 at the door and $15 for addition people from the same farm, call Nicole at 320-235-0726 or website search “Minnesota Extension Beef” for info and pre-registration discount.

Jan. 10, T, 9:30-3:30 – Extension Survive & Thrive workshop, Arranged and sponsored by AgStar Financial Services at Waite Park American Legion. Evaluating Balance Sheet, Income Statements, Cash Flow. RSVP by calling Ag Star Financial Services, 866-577-1831. Space is limited.

Checking Ventilation, Water flow, Ration Adjustments, Grain in Bins seem to be good reminders today. I had a call today from some who found warm, steamy grain in the top of a bin a few days ago and has been running fans now to get things cooled down.

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